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The Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest 


The Holocaust Remembrance Project is a national essay contest for high school students and is designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Scholarships are awarded to top winning essayists, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Second and Third Place winners receive cash prizes of $500 and $250. See the Holocaust Remembrance Project website for more information.

Essay Contests

The Penny Daum Aldrich Annual Holocaust Essay Contest


This Holocaust essay writing contest, held annually for high school students in the Durham and Chapel Hill communities, is meant to inspire students to learn about the Holocaust and to think about its implications in their lives and their world.

First and second place winners receive a monetary prize. Winners are presented with certificates and awards at the annual Yom Hashoah Memorial Service, which takes place each Spring. This year’s service will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Chapel Hill Kehillah Synagogue (1200 Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill).

The 2017 contest is dedicated to the memory of Elie Wiesel who was consulted by Penny Aldrich concerning the establishment of the fund. First place winner for 2017 is Sydney Dye, a student at Chapel Hill High School. Sydney wrote about a relative who did not survive the Holocaust. The relative left a painting. Sydney wonders about the artist and their legacy. Second place winner for 2017 is Anne Crabill, also a Chapel Hill High School student. Anne wrote about the documentation of the Holocaust by the Shoah Foundation. Winning essays will be available here soon. You can read the winning 2016 essays here

To learn more about the contest please contact Lauren Beja,Director of Development and Director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham Chapel Hill.